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Vatican Diary Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:20:59 AM »
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  • Bergoglio is at it again...I think Cardinal Burke should retaliate by visiting Bishop Fellay and consecrating another 8- 10 Bishops for the SSPX...

    Vatican Diary / Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350870?eng=y

    As the impeccable prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, he is on the verge of being demoted to the purely honorary role of “patron” of an order of knighthood. At the behest of Pope Francis

    by Sandro Magister

    VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 – The “revolution” of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine.

    In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope Bergoglio immediately provided for the transfer to lower-ranking positions of three prominent curial figures: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, considered for their theological and liturgical sensibilities among the most “Ratzingerian” of the Roman curia.

    Another whose fate appears to be sealed is the Spanish archbishop of Opus Dei Celso Morga Iruzubieta, secretary of the congregation for the clergy, destined to leave Rome for an Iberian diocese not of the first rank.

    But now an even more eminent decapitation seems to be on the way.

    The next victim would in fact be the United States cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who from being prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura would not be promoted - as some are fantasizing in the blogosphere - to the difficult but prestigious see of Chicago, but rather demoted to the pompous - but ecclesiastically very modest - title of “cardinal patron” of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, replacing the current head, Paolo Sardi, who recently turned 80.

    If confirmed, Burke’s exile would be even more drastic than the one inflicted on Cardinal Piacenza, who, transferred from the important congregation for the clergy to the marginal apostolic penitentiary, nevertheless remained in the leadership of a curial dicastery.

    With the shakeup on the way, Burke would instead be completely removed from the curia and employed in a purely honorary position without any influence on the governance of the universal Church.

    This would be a move that seems to have no precedent.

    In the past, in fact, the title of “cardinalis patronus” of the knights of Malta, in existence since 1961, like the previous one of Grand Prior of Rome, has always been assigned to the highest ranking cardinals as an extra position in addition to the main one.

    This is what was done with cardinals Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro (appointed Grand Prior in 1896 while remaining secretary of state), Gaetano Bisleti (at the same time prefect of the congregation for Catholic education), Gennaro Granito Pignatelli (cardinal dean and bishop of Albano), Nicola Canali (governor of Vatican City), Paolo Giobbe (leader of the apostolic dataria), Paul-Pierre Philippe (until the age of 75 also prefect of the congregation for the Oriental Churches), Sebastiano Baggio (removed from the congregation for bishops but kept on as governor of Vatican City and camerlengo), Pio Laghi (until the age of 77 also prefect of the congregation for Catholic education).

    Two separate cases are those of Cardinal Giacomo Violardo, who succeeded the 89-year-old Giobbe as patron at the age of 71, two months after receiving the scarlet at the end of long service in the curia, and of the outgoing Sardi, appointed pro-patron in 2009 at the age of 75 and made cardinal in 2010 after having been for many years the head of the office that writes pontifical documents.

    Above all, Sardi’s retirement would not be a compulsory act, since the age limit of 80 does not apply to positions outside of the curia. And in fact, with the exception of Paulo Giobbe, all of the aforementioned cardinal patrons went on to a better life “durante munere.”

    Burke is 66 years old, and therefore still in his ecclesiastical prime. Ordained a priest by Paul VI in 1975, he worked at the apostolic signatura as an ordinary priest with John Paul II, who made him bishop of his native diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1993. It was again pope Karol Wojtyla who in 2003 promoted him as archbishop of the prestigious see, once cardinalate, of St. Louis, Missouri. Benedict XVI called him back to Rome in 2008, and made him a cardinal in 2010.

    With a very devout personality, he is also recognized as having the rare virtue of never having struck any deals to obtain ecclesiastical promotions or benefices.

    In the liturgical and theological camp, he is very close to the sensibilities of Joseph Ratzinger. He has celebrated a number of times according to the ancient rite, even donning the “cappa magna,” as do cardinals George Pell and Antonio Cañizares Llovera, without being punished for this by Pope Francis.

    A great expert in canon law, and appointed to the apostolic signatura for this reason, he is not afraid to follow it to the most uncomfortable consequences. Like when, to the tune of articles of the Code - number 915 to be precise - he upheld the impossibility of giving communion to those politicians who stubbornly and publicly uphold the right to abortion, bringing the rebukes of two colleagues in the United States valued by Pope Francis, Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston and Donald Wuerl of Washington.

    Free in his judgments, he has been among the very few to make critical remarks on “Evangelii Gaudium,” pointing out that in his view it is orientational but not truly magisterial. And in view of the upcoming synod of bishops, he has repeatedly taken a stand against the ideas of Cardinal Walter Kasper - well known to be in the good graces of Pope Francis - in favor of communion for the divorced and remarried.

    The dicastery headed by Burke, eminently technical, recently accepted an appeal from the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate against a provision issued for them by the congregation for religious. A courageous move on the part of Burke, situated within the context of the punitive action undertaken by the Vatican congregation against one of the most substantial realities of Catholic traditionalism, an action that Pope Francis endorsed by approving in specific form the congregation’s decision to prevent the Friars of the Immaculate from celebrating the Mass according to the “Tridentine” rite. It is only with this kind of pontifical approval, in fact, that a decree of the curia can overturn standing law, in this case the motu proprio of Benedict XVI “Summorum Pontificum.”

    It is difficult to identify among these episodes the ones that may have have had the greatest influence on the fate of Cardinal Burke.

    But it is easy to predict that his definitive downgrading will provoke both a tumultuous reaction within the traditionalist world, where Burke is seen as a hero, and a corresponding wave of jubilation in the opposite camp, where he is instead considered a bogeyman.

    On the latter side it can be recalled that the “liberal” Catholic commentator Michael Sean Winters, in the “National Catholic Reporter” of November 26, 2013, had called for the head of Cardinal Burke as a member of the congregation for bishops, because of the nefarious influence, according to him, that he was exercising over episcopal appointments in the United States.

    On December 16, in effect, Pope Francis humiliated Burke by crossing him off from among the members of the congregation. To the hosannas of “liberal” Catholicism, not only in the United States.

    The pope certainly did not do so out of obedience to the wishes of the “National Catholic Reporter.”

    But now he seems right at the point of giving the go-ahead for the second and more grave demotion of one of the most untarnished personalities the Vatican curia knows.

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    Vatican Diary Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke
    « Reply #1 on: September 17, 2014, 06:50:19 AM »
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  • To those who think that Cardinal Burke was one who was going to be party to a group of cardinals who would finally restore order to the Conciliar sect, I am reminded of a Hogan's Heroes episode in which the German General Staff is meeting at Stalag 13.  

    Hogan has been given the mission to delay the German army in moving troops to meet the D-Day invasion forces.  Their plan is to convince the general staff, through a series of madcap mis-directions, that Col. Klink has been promoted by Hitler to be the new chief of the general staff.  At first, it does not appear that the plan will work as the generals are united and know that their military strategy is better than Hitler's.  However, in the end when one of the prisoners, imitating Hitler's voice, calls the general chief of staff and tells him that he will be allowed to live but will become the new commandant of Stalag 13, the general looks as if he is going to reject (what he thinks is) Hitler's order, but, at last, he sighs and says, "Thank you."  From that moment he is nothing but a blithering idiot, wandering around the prison camp.

    It is a perfect analogy to what has been, and is, going on in the Vatican Curia under Bergoglio.  The only difference is that the man giving the orders isn't on the side of the Allies (i.e., the good guys) but is, himself, the Modernist plant who is working to destroy the last vestiges of the Church.  And Cardinal Burke will simply say, "Thank you," and he will wander around as a blithering idiot.

    It is all really very sad.


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    Vatican Diary Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke
    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2014, 04:05:21 PM »
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    And Cardinal Burke will simply say, "Thank you," and he will wander around as a blithering idiot.

    It is all really very sad.


    Ain't that the truth.
    "For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad."- Luke 8:17

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    Vatican Diary Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke
    « Reply #3 on: September 18, 2014, 11:15:23 PM »
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  • Quote from: 2Vermont
    Quote from: TKGS
    And Cardinal Burke will simply say, "Thank you," and he will wander around as a blithering idiot.

    It is all really very sad.


    Ain't that the truth.

    Actually this could give Cardinal burke the free time to do more constructive things. He can write more articles. He can make more speeches to more people. He can agitate. There is a lot a semi-retired prelate can do.
     :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:  

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    Vatican Diary Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke
    « Reply #4 on: September 18, 2014, 11:26:50 PM »
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  • Cardinal Raymond Burke will soon be removed from his post as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed patron of the Knights of Malta, according to Vatican jounalist Sandro Magister of L’Espresso.

    If the Magister story is correct, the appointment would represent a significant demotion for the American prelate. Cardinal Burke currently presides over the Church’s highest canonical court. As patron of the Knights of Malta he would hold a role ordinarily filled by a retired cardinal, or by a prelate who simultaneously holds another more prominent position. At the relatively young age of 64, Cardinal Burke would ordinarily have been expected to take another prominent post in the Roman Curia, or as head of a major archdiocese, upon leaving the Apostolic Signatura.

    The report in L’Espresso suggests that the replacement of Cardinal Burke would confirm the intent of Pope Francis to remove conservative prelates from the leadership of the Roman Curia and replace them with clerics who would be more attuned to his own pastoral priorities. Cardinal Burke has been among the most outspoken Roman defenders of traditional Catholic teaching and liturgical practice.

    Cardinal Burke was appointed to the Apostolic Signatura in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI, who also elevated him to the College of Cardinals in 2010. During his years of service on the Vatican tribunal, he has also kept a busy schedule of public speaking appearances and interviews. Ironically, the light duties of the patron of the Knights of Malta could leave the American cardinal with even more time available for public speaking and writing.

    If Cardinal Burke leaves his current post, there will be no American cardinal heading any dicastery in the Roman Curia.

    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=22626

    This could be a backhanded retirement for Cardinal Burke. More time to write, speak, agitate. People with little to do can always find something to do.


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    Vatican Diary Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke
    « Reply #5 on: September 19, 2014, 08:55:56 AM »
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  • Maybe Cardinal Burke could join the SSPX...wouldn't that frost Franks rear end!


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    « Reply #6 on: September 19, 2014, 09:23:51 AM »
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  • Quote from: poche
    Actually this could give Cardinal burke the free time to do more constructive things. He can write more articles. He can make more speeches to more people. He can agitate. There is a lot a semi-retired prelate can do.
     :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:  


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    Maybe Cardinal Burke could join the SSPX...wouldn't that frost Franks rear end!


    There are indeed things he could do.  But he won't.  

    I don't believe there are any living cardinals who have truly retained the faith.  As the Conciliar sect fundamentally transforms itself into the a pan-theistic religion (a point at which, I think, it is already in all but in the formal documents) Cardinal Burke will do nothing.  If you truly believe otherwise, you probably still put your wisdom teeth under your pillow at night wondering why the tooth fairy hasn't come yet.

     

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